Ever since we've tried getting back to normal venues and bands have tried different avenues to keep everyone safe.  I recently went to a 'vaccinated-only" concert.  It was the only time I've ever been asked for my vax card and thank god my wife knew were it was.  Otherwise we'd be stuck holding tickets on a rainy night outside of The Rust Belt.

Mask mandated concerts would be hard to enforce.  I've seen how hard it is to enforce the "no smoking" policy.  And if you ever went to a Pantera show back in the day, you know they just give up.

But imagine you buy tickets online.  You and the wife get all gussied up and hire a babysitter.  You go grab some supper before the show.  Then you pay $10 to park and as you walk up to the venue you're stopped by a German Shepherd looking to nark on you for the drugs you have in your pocket.

Rolling Stone posted recently about he latest concert must-have: Covid-sniffing canines.

Bands like METALLICA, TOOL, and THE BLACK KEYS have used dogs to find traces of the virus in members of their crew, entourage, and anyone else who goes backstage.

Metallica's management company said, quote, "So far, knock on wood, the dogs have been knocking it out of the park . . . We haven't had a dog miss anybody."

 

There are currently 12 dogs trained and working through Bio-Detection K9, with more being trained. They sniff people's hands and feet, and now with the new variant, they'll be sniffing masks.

 

The company says not only are they faster and cheaper than a regular test, but they're friendlier. A dog test costs around $2 a person.

Quad Cities Live Music Venues That Aren't Live Music Venues Anymore

Nostalgia Alert!.

We've compiled a quick list (by no means comprehensive) of venues in the Quad Cities that are no longer music venues but to us will ALWAYS hold a special place were we saw some great shows and made some incredible memories.

To many of us the live music scene wasn't just a concert here & there. It was an every weekend affair. And it didn't matter if it was a touring band or your buddy's band. We were going to be there with a beer in hand and scream along with guitars that were way too loud in a room that was improperly treated acoustically and make some bad decisions.

What The Quad Cities Did For Fun in the 90's

Many times over the years, I'll be talking with friends about years gone by and I'll say "take me back".

Every generation goes through this, I assume. Looking back at a more simple time where responsibilities haven't set in and life seems fun. Opportunities are endless.

Let's go back to the 1990's to Wacky Waters, 50 Cent Beer night and revisit Mallards Mania!